The Biggest Loser's Gerald Hayes, Scrubs' Zach Braff
The Nielsens this week have experienced delays, so I just had two days' worth of data dumped on my desk. Here are selected highlights:
• Fox's coverage of the Fiesta Bowl dominated the night with 16 million total viewers.
• NBC's Superstars of Dance (9.59 million) dropped 615K from its Sunday bow.
• The arrival of ABC's new Bachelor averaged 8.7 mil, barely grabbing third at 8 pm/ET and dropping to No. 4 come 9 o'clock.
• Gossip Girl (2.94 mil) more or less matched its most recent audience, while One Tree Hill (2.63 mil) enjoyed a gain of 420 thou.
• ABC's True Beauty debuted to 7.64 mil, placing a distant second behind a CSI: Miami repeat.
• NCIS netted 19.07 million viewers, its second-largest audience ever (trailing only this past Dec. 16). That set up The Mentalist for yet another series high, 19.56 mil.
• The Biggest Loser: Couples debuted to 11.82 mil, the series' biggest premiere ever and a 51 percent increase over the Families opener.
• The ABC premiere of Scrubs averaged 6.7 mil across two episodes — a 25 percent improvement upon the sitcom's NBC send-off.
• Both 90210 (2.78 mil) and Privileged (1.74 mil) dipped 150K.
• Without a Trace scored 13.2 mil, down 1.5 mil from its last fresh episode (which delivered a season high). SVU (10.65 mil) slipped 250 thou.
Welcome back to The Biggest Loser! It sure does seem like just yesterday when we were all cheering on Michelle to take the prize and now we're back again for more so soon. This time around we're in for another couples edition which means alliances and drama galore. At the beginning of the episode we were treated to a nice wake-up call from Bob and Jillian. "America, we're the fattest country in the world," Bob told us. "What is it going to take for you to make that change?" Jillian asked. Ahh, such pressure but maybe that's what all of us viewers need to help jumpstart our post-New Year's diet.
Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper, and Jillian Michaels
The Biggest Loser: Couples is back for Round 2, and this time it's bigger than ever. The seventh season, premiering Tuesday at 8pm EST, features the largest contestant to date, as well as both the youngest and oldest competitors ever to compete. With 18-year-old Mikey at 385 pounds and Dan, who is 454 pounds at 19, trainer Bob Harper said the show will direct some attention at the youth weight problem in this country. "There's a young generation out there that really does need our help and we want to focus on teenagers in that way, in this season," he said.
Sarah Chalke and Courteney Cox, Scrubs
9 pm/ET ABC
The gang from Sacred Heart makes the leap to a new network tonight, kicking off the comedy's eighth season after seven on NBC.
Read on for previews of Nip/Tuck, Biggest Loser, Shatner's Raw Nerve and 90210.
Put down those dumbbells and kick up those feet — it's The Biggest Loser: Families finale! After weeks of hard work and tons of sweaty, calorie-burning workouts, it's time to see who takes home the grand prize. Let's get to it.
Michelle, Heba, Ed and Vicky, The Biggest Loser
Biggest Loser: Families
8 pm/ET NBC
The sixth season wraps up tonight as the final three compete for the $250,000 prize.
Read on for previews of Momma's Boys, The Spirit of Christmas, According to Jim and The Mentalist.
The Biggest Loser: Families' penultimate episode was all about looking back. Besides the standard workouts and challenge, this week really focused on the trainers saying goodbye to their teams, and making sure they sent them off with the knowledge and confidence to continue in their progress at home.
Seal, Natasha Henstridge and Sam Jaeger, Eli Stone
10 pm/ET ABC
From the beginning, Dr. Chen has urged Eli to get in touch with his spiritual side, but can he help him get out of the lonely-hearts club, too?
Read on for previews of House, Biggest Loser: Families, America's Funniest Home Videos and Olive, the Other Reindeer.
Tonight we got down to the final four. Wow this season has flown and there's been no shortage of drama on the installment pegged "those born to it versus those who were sworn to it." The beginning of the episode took a quick look back at how far our remaining contestants have come. Ed and Heba, who hope to have children, have come a long way. Heba came in as the heaviest woman and has lost 70 pounds. Her husband and teammate Ed has lost 82 pounds. Renee and Michelle, the mother and daughter duo who hadn't spoken in over 5 years, have also done well. Renee has lost 68 pounds while her daughter Michelle has lost 66. And then there's Vicky, our last solo player on the ranch. She's lost 68 pounds.
We're getting closer to the finale and Black's chance at taking the prize seems dimmer each week. After a tearful goodbye to Coleen, Michelle and Renee are upset and frustrated. They feel, and so do I, that Amy made a huge mistake in sending her home. As Michelle said, she handed Vicky to them on a silver platter and now it may be too late to get her out. Jillian is also pretty sure that this is going to backfire on Amy but regardless, it's currently 4 vs. 2 and the numbers are not in team Black's favor.